These images are from a project called In My Skin about young people under 25 in the UK who are challenging their body image.
I am looking at those who have had or are considering having cosmetic surgery in order to become more acceptable to themselves and achieve their ideal of being "beautiful."
Social consensus in Western society today is particularly focused on physical beauty and achieving and maintaining the "perfect" face and body.
Intertwined with this I am also documenting body dysmorphia as young people try to conform to this social expectation, resulting in eating disorders and body transformation.
Lastly, I am documenting transgenderism and the struggle young people have to live within a body they were born into but have no affiliation with.
— Michelle Sank
In a country with one of the youngest populations in the world — and one of the most socially restrictive governments — the pursuit of personal freedom is often strained for people under the age of 35, a group that accounts for 70% of Iran's population.
“Right after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone .... I started imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread. The image I had in my mind seemed so far away from what was going on in Fukushima. It was as if two different layers of images – the disaster scene and beautiful peacocks – were overlapping with each other without being unified.”
Amazingly rich portraits of teenagers in Ireland coming of age — as individuals, as groups, as part of a community and as the new generation of Irish. These photos capture intimate, compassionate, honest and confused moments — raw truth that is electrifying and completely inspiring.